Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution reads: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” Simple, but sweeping – and definitive. Congress, and only Congress, makes our national/federal laws beyond those inherent within the Constitution itself. And those laws must comport with the Constitution.
Under Article I, Section 1, it’s fair to say that Congress’ job is to enact those laws which best carry out the Constitution’s Preamble, spirit and declared intent; review whether those laws work as intended or need revising or updating; prepare for challenges to our republic; take the necessary steps to respond to those challenges or prevent them; etc. And, once upon a time, Congress might have actually behaved that way. But Congress has devolved into a totally political body, one segment intent on eliminating and obfuscating the provisions of the very Constitution that its members (“our” representatives) swear to “preserve, protect, and defend,” the other self-limited to not making waves. We, the People, are merely pawns in their all-absorbing power struggle. It’s no wonder Congress’ approval ratings are as low as they are.